Originally Posted by slvrsplsh
Would thoroughly depleting the battery and starting with the "SD Recovery" maybe have a chance of success?
There is no need to deplete the battery. To enter the SD Recovery all you need is to hold the HOME and MENU buttons while the reader's power is coming up. If the reader keeps resetting on its own, that's even easier.
Does the SD Recovery engage at all? Does the "Updating..." screen show up?